CONTROVERSIAL RELIANCE power project at Dadri reverberated in the Vidhan Parishad on Wednesday with the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) assailing the government for helping the company.
Flaying the government for giving prime agriculture land to the Dadri project at a throwaway price, RLD’s Munna Singh Chauhan said Dadri area had been included in Greater Noida Phase-II to help the Reliance to increase commercial price of the land. However, strongly defending the company, the government announced that REL would start the Dadri project from tomorrow.
Raising the issue during Question Hour, Chauhan said Dadri’s inclusion in Greater Noida was simply aimed at helping the company to get loans from banks and other financial institutions on the basis of higher commercial cost of land.
Chauhan said the CM had announced that Dadri farmers would be paid Rs 300 per square yard but the government paid only Rs 150 per square yard. Chauhan also wanted to know how much land of the Irrigation Department had been given to the Reliance.
Replying to a question, Transport Minister Naresh Agarwal said that the government had paid more than circle area rate of the land. He also said that the land had been acquired after mutual agreement with the farmers. Agarwal said the decision about land acquisition was taken when Chauhan too was in the State Cabinet as irrigation minister. However, Chauhan shot back and said the deal was finalised before he joined the Mulayam Ministry.
When Chauhan reiterated the charge that the government had helped the Reliance by extending the Greater Noida limit to Dardri, the minister threatened to expose Chauhan about his role as irrigation minister. Challenging the minister, Chauhan asked chairman Chaudhury Sukhram Singh Yadav to order a probe of his tenure in the irrigation department.
Chauhan said while the Tatas had sought 350 acres land for the power, there was no justification in giving 2500 acres to Reliance. Chauhan said after extension of Greater Noida upto Dadri the cost of 2500 acres land had now shot up to Rs 72,000 crore. The minister told the House that the government had acquired 2173 acres land from farmers and 165 acre land of Gram Sabha had been given free of cost to the Reliance. The minister also said that the government had paid 60 percent compensation and 40 percent by the Reliance group to farmers. He said as against 2500 acres land 2100 acre had already been provided to the REL.